CornFest organizers already busy making plans for full slate of events

CornFest organizers already busy making plans for full slate of events

By: Glenda H. Caudle Special Features Editor

By GLENDA H. CAUDLE Special Features Editor CornFest 2008 roars on the scene with the revving of engines at the annual Goodyear Car show Sept. 1 and exits in another blast of harnessed energy as planes swoop overhead at Airport Days Oct. 12. In between, family funabounds for Obion Countians and their guests. Beauty reigns Sept. 13 at the Miss CornFest Scholarship Pageant at the Capitol Theatre downtown Union City, with the CornFest Beauty Pageants set for the following Sunday afternoon at the same location. Health Quest will be sponsoring a marathon a week later on Sept. 20 and then the fun goes into high gear. New to the CornFest calendar this year is the Business and Community Recognition Pride of Obion County luncheon, staged at the Eddie Cox Senior Center, Sept. 24. The luncheon will provide the opportunity for businesses and individuals to be honored for their accomplishments and contributions to the good of Obion County. On Sept. 25, children will get to indulge in one of their favorite artistic endeavors — the annual chalk art competition. This year, the fun will take place on Depot Street and will usher in the mini carnival and the parade, which will wrap up the day’s activities. The barbecue cookoff and the crowd-pleasing Magnificent Impostors competition, plus lots of good eats and treats from vendors, will occupy center stage Sept. 26. Then the following day, families will want to be back downtown at Kiwanis Park for a full day of fun that will begin with the pet show and will include “Art in the Park,” Kids’ Day events sponsored by Junior Auxiliary of Obion County, the popular chair auction, a pumpkin decorating contest, the second round of fast-moving and hilarity-inspiring bed races, corn eating/shucking competitions and a talent show. Plus, mouth-watering meals, known as the Tyson Family Feed, will be offered free of charge. It may take a few days for young and old to recover from the high spirits such events are sure to evoke, but by Oct. 12, the community should be ready for the excitement of Airport Days, which will wrap up CornFest 2008. Committees are hard at work on all the plans and details will be featured in The Messenger as they are finalized, but if you have room for visitors at your house, call your kith and kin now and tell them to make plans to come to Obion County during CornFest 2008. It will be time well spent. Published in The Messenger 6.17.08

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